Computer History - 1900 - 1940

Updated: 06/16/2017 by Computer Hope
Year Event
1900 Howard H. Aiken is born March 8, 1900.
1900 Nikola Tesla develops frequency hopping, now known as spread spectrum.
1900 Haskell Curry is born September 12, 1900.
1901 Allen DuMont is born January 29, 1901.
1901 The first radio message is sent across the Atlantic Ocean in Morse code.
1901 Arthur Samuel is born in 1901.
1901 Elisha Gray passes away on January 21, 1901 (age 66)
1901 Hubert Cecil Booth receives a patent for the first powered vacuum cleaner August 30, 1901.
1901 Enrico Fermi is born September 29, 1901.
1901 Rudolf Hell is born December 19, 1901.
1902 The first issue of Popular Mechanics is published January 11, 1902.
1902 Walter Brattain is born February 10, 1902.
1902 Louis Couffignal is born March 16, 1902.
1902 3M is founded.
1902 Wallace Eckert is born June 19, 1902.
1902 Mina Rees is born August 2, 1902.
1902 The French silent film "A Trip to the Moon" is first released and is considered to be the first science fiction film.
1902 In October 1902, Guglielmo Marconi was able to telegraph the letter "S" across the English Channel which became the first successful transatlantic radiotelegraph message.
1902 Laszlo Kozma is born November 28, 1902.
1903 Jean-Maurice-Emile Baudot passes away March 28, 1903 (Age: 58)
1903 Alonzo Church is born June 14, 1903.
1903 Nikola Tesla patents electrical logic circuits called "gates" or "switches".
1903 Wilbur and Orville Wright both take the first flight December 17, 1903.
1903 John von Neumann is born December 28, 1903.
1903 John Vincent Atanasoff is born October 4, 1903.
1904 The Apple macOS Epoch time is set to start January 1, 1904.
1904 Samuel Caldwell is born January 15, 1904.
1904 George Stibitz is born April 20, 1904.
1904 Edweard Muybridge passes away May 8, 1904 (Age:74)
1904 Hayyim Slonimski passes away May 15, 1904 (Age:94)
1904 John Ambrose Fleming experiments with Edison's diode vacuum tubes and creates the first commercial diode vacuum tube.
1904 Lear Romec is founded.
1905 Derrick Lehmer is born February 23, 1905.
1905 Laszlo Kalmar is born March 27, 1905.
1905 Willgodt Odhner passes away September 15, 1905 (Age: 60)
1905 Thomas Flowers is born December 22, 1905.
1906 The IEC is founded in London England.
1906 Arnold I. Dumey is born in 1906.
1906 Reginald Fessenden made the first AM radio broadcast.
1906 Chester Carlson is born February 8, 1906.
1906 Kurt Godel is born April 28, 1906.
1906 Reynold Johnson is born July 16, 1906.
1906 Xerox is founded.
1906 Philo Farnsworth is born August 19, 1906.
1906 Grace Hopper is born December 9, 1906.
1907 Paul Eisler is born in 1907.
1907 Lee De Frost files patent #879,532 on January 29, 1907 for the vacuum tube triode. The patent is later used as an electronic switch in the first electronic computer.
1907 Charles Krum files for U.S. Patent 862,402 in August 1907 that helps create the teleprinter.
1907 Gordon Brown is born August 30, 1907.
1907 John Mauchly is born August 30, 1907.
1907 IBM files for its first US patent, #998,631 October 11, 1907.
1908 Charles Krum files for U.S. Patent 888,335 in May 1908 that helps create the teleprinter.
1908 John Bardeen is born May 23, 1908.
1908 Olivetti is founded on October 29, 1908.
1908 The film "A Visit To The Seaside" becomes the first film commercially produced in natural color in December of 1908.
1909 Ralph Palmer is born in 1909.
1909 Stephen Kleene is born January 5, 1909.
1909 Edmund Berkeley is born February 22, 1909.
1909 Geoffrey Dummer is born February 25, 1909.
1909 Harry Goode is born June 30, 1909.
1909 Antoni Kilinski is born October 20, 1909.
1909 The Bryant Chucking Grinder Co. is founded in 1909 by William Leroy Bryant.
1910 William Shockley is born February 13, 1910.
1910 Charles Krum files U.S. Patent 1,286,351 in May 1910 that helps create the teleprinter.
1910 Konrad Zuse is born June 22, 1910.
1910 Hitachi is founded.
1910 William Higinbotham is born October 25, 1910.
1910 Henry Babbage, Charles Babbage's youngest son completes a portion of the Analytical Engine and was able to perform basic calculations.
1911 Major H.A. "Jimmie" Erickson takes the first photos from a plane on January 10, 1911.
1911 Alexey Andreevich Lyapunov is born in 1911.
1911 Cuthbert Hurd is born April 5, 1911.
1911 The company now known as IBM is founded June 16, 1911 in the state of New York. IBM was originally known as the Computing - Tabulating - Recording Company (C-T-R), a consolidation of the Computing Scale Company, and The International Time Recording Company.
1911 Frederic Williams is born June 26, 1911.
1911 Louis Ridenour is born June 27, 1911.
1911 William Norris is born July 14, 1911.
1911 IBM is granted its first patent #998,631 July 25, 1911.
1911 Jan Rajchman is born August 10, 1911.
1911 Allen Coombs is born October 23, 1911.
1912 Helmut Hoelzer is born February 27, 1912.
1912 Steven Coons is born March 7, 1912.
1912 Alan Turing is born June 23, 1912.
1912 Helmut Schreyer is born July 4, 1912.
1912 David Packard is born September 7, 1912.
1912 G. N. Lewis begins work on the lithium battery.
1912 Oliver Standingford is born October 9, 1912.
1913 Julian Bigelow is born in 1913.
1913 Stephen Dunwell is born April 3, 1913.
1913 William Hewlett is born May 20, 1913.
1913 Maurice Wilkes is born June 26, 1913.
1913 Herman Goldstine is born September 13, 1913.
1913 Robert Adler is born December 4, 1913.
1914 Bernard Kardon is born January 8, 1914.
1914 Thomas Watson, Jr. is born January 14, 1914.
1914 I. Bernard Cohen is born March 1, 1914.
1914 Paul Rand is born August 15, 1914.
1914 Cyril Cleverdon is born September 9, 1914.
1914 George Dantzig is born November 8, 1914.
1915 Joseph Licklider is born March 11, 1915.
1915 Richard Hamming is born February 11, 1915.
1915 The first telephone call is made across the continent.
1915 Borje Langefors is born May 21, 1915.
1915 Nicholas Metropolis is born June 11, 1915.
1915 John Tukey is born June 16, 1915.
1915 Arthur Walter Burks is born October 13, 1915.
1916 Harry Huskey is born January 19, 1916.
1916 Fredrik Idestam passes away April 8, 1916 (Age: 78)
1916 Claude Shannon is born April 30, 1916.
1916 Herbert Simon is born June 15, 1916.
1916 Morgan Sparks is born July 6, 1916.
1916 Petro Vlahos is born August 20, 1916.
1916 The Curtiss Wright company is founded.
1916 Christopher Strachey is born November 16, 1916.
1917 Nikon is founded.
1917 Ralph Meagher is born in 1917.
1917 Ralph Slutz is born in 1917.
1917 Winifred Asprey is born April 8, 1917.
1917 George Grant passes away August 16, 1917 (Age: 68)
1917 Hugh Ross is born August 31, 1917.
1917 On September 9, 1917 one of the earliest records of OMG (Oh My God) is used by British Admiral John Arbuthnot Fisher when writing to Winston Churchill in a 1917 correspondence.
1917 Robert Fano is born November 11, 1917.
1917 Arthur C. Clark is born December 16, 1917.
1918 ANSI, otherwise known as the American National Standards Institute, is formed.
1918 Wen Chow is born in 1918.
1918 Tatung is founded.
1918 John Pasta is born in 1918.
1918 Richard Canning is born in 1918.
1918 Alexander L'vovich Brudno is born January 10, 1918.
1918 Andrew Booth is born February 11, 1918.
1918 Arthur Scherbius files for a patent of the Enigma machine February 23, 1918.
1918 Panasonic is founded March 18, 1918.
1918 William Eccles and F.W. Jordan build the world's first flip-flop.
1918 Clifford Berry is born April 19, 1918.
1918 Karl Braun passes away April 20, 1918 (Age: 67)
1918 Bashir Rameyev is born May 1, 1918.
1918 Richard Feynman is born May 11, 1918.
1918 Kurt Lehovec is born June 12, 1918.
1918 Jay Forrester is born July 14, 1918.
1918 Sidney Harman is born August 4, 1918.
1918 Herbert Grosch is born September 13, 1918.
1918 Hermann Zapf is born November 8, 1918.
1918 Klaus Samelson is born December 21, 1918.
1919 Stanley Frankel is born in 1919.
1919 Nathan Rochester is born January 14, 1919.
1919 Russel Ackoff is born February 12, 1919.
1919 Trevor Pearcey is born March 5, 1919.
1919 Andrew F. Kay is born March 22, 1919.
1919 John Adam Presper "Pres" Eckert, Jr. is born April 9, 1919.
1919 Harlan Mills is born May 14, 1919.
1919 Jeffrey Chu is born July 14, 1919.
1919 John Pinkerton is born August 2, 1919.
1919 James Wilkinson is born September 27, 1919.
1919 Olympus is established on October 12, 1919 by Takeshi Yamashita.
1920 Niels Bech is born in 1920.
1920 Heinz Zemanek is born January 1, 1920.
1920 Isaac Asimov is born January 2, 1920.
1920 An Wang is born February 7, 1920.
1920 Bob Bemer is born February 8, 1920.
1920 James Pomerene is born June 22, 1920.
1920 First radio broadcasting begins in United States, Pittsburgh, PA.
1920 Kenneth Iverson is born December 17, 1920.
1921 Robert Prim is born in 1921.
1921 Lotfali Zadeh is born February 4, 1921.
1921 Kathleen Antonelli is born February 12, 1921.
1921 Alexander (Sandy) Shafto Douglas is born May 21, 1921.
1921 Robert Everett is born June 26, 1921.
1921 Forrest Parry is born July 4, 1921.
1921 John Bennet is born July 31, 1921.
1921 Czech playwright Karel Capek coins the term "robot" in the 1921 play RUR (Rossum's Universal Robots).
1921 The first Radio Shack store is opened.
1921 Gerald Estrin is born September 9, 1921.
1922 MPAA is established.
1922 Charles Hamblin is born in 1922.
1922 Georgy Adelson-Velsky is born January 8, 1922.
1922 Saul Rosen is born February 8, 1922.
1922 Ralph Baer is born March 8, 1922.
1922 Alan Perlis is born April 1, 1922.
1922 Keith Uncapher is born April 1, 1922.
1922 Alexander Graham Bell passes away August 2, 1922 (Age: 75)
1921 Tom Kilburn is born August 11, 1921.
1922 Wayne Green is born September 3, 1922
1922 Percy Ludgate passes away October 16, 1922 (Age: 38)
1922 Werner Buchholz is born October 24, 1922
1922 Gene Amdahl is born November 16, 1922.
1923 Otto Steiger passes away in 1923.
1923 Corrado Böhm is born in 1923.
1923 Joseph Weizenbaum is born January 8, 1923.
1923 Wilhelm Rontgen passes away February 10, 1923.
1923 Herman Lukoff is born May 2, 1923.
1923 Eugene Kleiner is born May 12, 1923.
1923 Edgar Codd is born August 23, 1923.
1923 Jack St. Clair Kilby, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of the Integrated Circuit, handheld calculator, and thermal printer is born November 8, 1923.
1923 Donald Michie is born November 11, 1923.
1923 Peter Elias is born November 23, 1923.
1924 The Computing - Tabulating - Recording (C-T-R) company is renamed to IBM on February 14, 1924.
1924 David Evans is born February 24, 1924.
1924 Donald Shell is born March 1, 1924.
1924 Enid Mumford is born March 6, 1924.
1924 George Pake is born April 1, 1924.
1924 Evelyn Granville is born May 1, 1924.
1924 Donald Davies is born June 7, 1924.
1924 CATV and cable broadcasting begins being used in some European cities.
1924 Friedrich Bauer is born June 10, 1924.
1924 Gerrot Blaauw is born July 17, 1924.
1924 Max Palevsky is born July 24, 1924.
1924 Leo Fantl is born August 8, 1924.
1924 Georgii Lopato is born August 23, 1924.
1924 Jean Hoerni is born September 26, 1924.
1924 Paul DeMaine is born October 11, 1924.
1924 John Backus is born December 3, 1924.
1924 Charles Bachman is born December 11, 1924.
1924 Jean Bartik is born December 27, 1924.
1924 George Fairchild passes away on December 31, 1924 (Age: 71)
1925 Edmund Barbour passes away in 1925 (Age: 84)
1925 John Opel is born January 5, 1925.
1925 Douglas Engelbart is born January 30, 1925.
1925 Nikolay Brusentsov was born February 7, 1925.
1925 Robert Barton is born February 13, 1925.
1925 Heinz Nixdor is born April 9, 1925.
1925 Mark Pinsker is born April 24, 1925.
1925 The Western Electric Research Laboratories and the Engineering Department of AT&T consolidate and form Bell Telephone Laboratories.
1925 John Cocke is born May 30, 1925.
1925 Fredrik Bull passes away June 7, 1925 (Age: 43)
1925 David Huffman is born August 9, 1925.
1925 Seymour Cray is born September 28, 1925.
1926 The first joystick is invented by C.B. Mirick at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.
1926 Ken Olsen is born February 20, 1926.
1926 Stanley Gill is born March 26, 1926.
1926 Packard Bell is originally founded.
1926 Paul Baran is born April 29, 1926.
1926 Oliver Selfridge is born May 10, 1926.
1926 John Kemeny is born May 31, 1926.
1926 John Diebold is born June 8, 1926.
1926 Fernando Corbató is born July 1, 1926.
1926 Carl Petri is born July 12, 1926.
1926 The first patent for the semiconductor transistor is created.
1926 Arthur Rock is born August 19, 1926.
1926 Kristen Nygaard is born August 27, 1926.
1926 Andrew Bobeck is born October 1, 1926.
1926 Willem Poel is born December 2, 1926.
1927 Wesley Clark is born in 1927.
1927 David Wheeler is born February 9, 1927.
1927 Gerard Salton is born March 8, 1927.
1927 Bell Labs performs the first long-distance television transmission from Washington, D.C., to New York City.
1927 Allen Newell is born March 19, 1927.
1927 Dudley Buck is born April 25, 1927.
1927 Glen Culler is born July 7, 1927.
1927 Theodore Maiman is born July 11, 1927.
1927 Marvin Minsky is born August 9, 1927.
1927 Bob Evans is born August 19, 1927.
1927 John McCarthy is born September 4, 1927.
1927 Philo Taylor Farnsworth becomes the first person to successfully transmit a TV signal on September 7, 1927.
1927 Robert Noyce is born December 12, 1927.
1928 Jean Sammet is born in 1928.
1928 Thomas Kurtz is born February 22, 1928.
1928 Seymour Papert is born February 29, 1928.
1928 John Nash is born June 13, 1928.
1928 Juris Hartmanis is born July 5, 1928.
1928 The Galvin Manufacturing corporation begins on September 25, 1928, the company will later be known as Motorola.
1928 Bernard Galler is born October 3, 1928.
1928 Peter Naur is born October 25, 1928.
1928 Noam Chomsky is born December 7, 1928
1928 Joe Ossanna is born December 10, 1928
1928 Jack Tramiel is born December 13, 1928
1928 Martin Cooper is born December 26, 1928.
1929 Harlan Anderson is born in 1929.
1929 Robert Lansdown is born January 2, 1929.
1929 Gordon Moore is born January 3, 1929.
1929 Edwin Turney is born March 26, 1929
1929 Arthur Scherbius passes away May 13, 1929 (Age: 51)
1929 Emile Berliner passes away August 3, 1929 (Age: 78)
1929 Herman Hollerith passes away November 17, 1929 (Age: 69).
1929 Douglas Ross is born December 21, 1929.
1930 Einar Stefferud is born January 11, 1930.
1930 Geophysical Service Incorporated is founded. The company will later become Texas Instruments.
1930 Martin Goetz is born April 22, 1930.
1930 Edsger Dijkstra is born May 11, 1930.
1930 Peter Landin is born June 5, 1930.
1930 Henry Perot is born June 27, 1930.
1930 Daniel McCracken is born July 23, 1930.
1930 Galvin Manufacturing Corporation Auto radios begin to be sold as an accessory for the automobile. Paul Galvin coins the name Motorola for the company's new products, linking the ideas of motion and radio.
1930 Dorr Felt passes away August 7, 1930 (Age: 68)
1930 Alan F. Shugart is born September 27, 1930.
1930 Citizen is founded.
1931 James Russell is born in 1931.
1931 Valentin Turchin is born in 1931.
1931 Fletcher Jones is born January 22, 1931.
1931 Eiichi Goto is born January 26, 1931.
1931 Anthony (Tony) Edgar Sale is born January 30, 1931.
1931 Elizabeth Feinler is born March 2, 1931.
1931 Andrei Ershov is born April 19, 1931.
1931 Frederick Brooks is born April 19, 1931.
1931 Nobuo Mii is born July 4, 1931.
1931 Morris Chang is born July 10, 1931.
1931 Michael Rabin is born September 1, 1931.
1931 Ole-Johan Dahl is born October 12, 1931.
1931 Thomas Edison passes away October 18, 1931 (Age: 84)
1931 Jacob Ziv is born November 27, 1931.
1932 Robert Taylor is born in 1932.
1932 Douglas Mcllroy is born in 1932.
1932 William Millard is born in 1932.
1932 Gene Golub is born February 29, 1932
1932 George Eastman passes away March 14, 1932 (Age:77)
1932 Norman Abramson was born April 1, 1932.
1932 Solomon Golomb is born May 30, 1932.
1932 Jay Glenn Miner is born May 31, 1932.
1932 Frances Allen is born August 4, 1932.
1932 Gustav Tauschek develops drum memory.
1932 ROM-Type storage media is introduced.
1932 Robert H. Dennard is born September 5, 1932.
1932 Dana Scott is born October 11, 1932.
1932 Jorma Rissanen is born October 20, 1932.
1933 Canon is established.
1933 Edwin Armstrong invented the FM radio in 1933.
1933 Gerald Weinberg is born October 27, 1933.
1933 Stephanie Shirley is born September 16, 1933.
1933 Boris Babayan is born December 20, 1933.
1934 Ronald Stamper is born in 1934.
1934 Seymour Rubinstein is born in 1934.
1934 Edward Fredkin is born January 1, 1934.
1934 Donald Bitzer is born January 1, 1934.
1934 Charles Hoare is born January 11, 1934
1934 Robin Milner is born January 13, 1934.
1934 Niklaus Wirth is born February 15, 1934.
1934 Charles Flint passes away February 26, 1934.
1934 Ronald Wayne is born May 7, 1934.
1934 Ralph Griswold is born May 19, 1934
1934 Robert Moog is born May 23, 1934.
1934 Leonard Kleinrock is born June 13, 1934.
1934 Gordon Bell is born August 19, 1934.
1934 The FCC is established.
1934 The US Communication Act goes into place.
1934 Max Hopper is born November 4, 1934.
1934 Carl Sagan is born November 9, 1934.
1935 Vladimir Levenshtein is born in 1935.
1935 Barry Boehm is born in 1935.
1935 The Polygraph machine aka lie detector is used for the first time.
1932 Richard Karp is born January 3, 1935.
1935 Roger Needham is born February 9, 1935.
1935 Charles Molnar is born March 14, 1935.
1935 Jack Wolf is born March 14, 1935.
1935 Joshua Lederberg is born May 23, 1935.
1935 Fujitsu is established June 20, 1935.
1935 Karen Jones is born August 26, 1935.
1935 TDK is founded on December 7, 1935.
1936 Edward Feigenbaum is born January 20, 1936.
1936 Germany's Konrad Zuse creates the Z1, one of the first binary digital computers and a machine that could be controlled through a punch tape.
1936 While working on a radio, Paul Eisler invents the Printed Circuit Board (PCB).
1936 Abraham Lempel is born February 10, 1936.
1936 Dvorak receives a patent for the Dvorak keyboard May 12, 1936.
1936 Robert Floyd is born June 8, 1936.
1936 Richard Stearns is born July 5, 1936.
1936 Henry F. Phillips receives patent for the Phillips screw and screwdriver July 7, 1936.
1936 Leon Chua is born June 28, 1936
1936 Andrew Grove is born September 2, 1936.
1936 Jerry Sanders is born September 12, 1936.
1936 James Burke is born December 22, 1936.
1936 Alan Turing develops the Turing Machine.
1937 Larry Roberts is born in 1937.
1937 Charles Peddle is born in 1937.
1937 Steve Russell is born in 1937.
1937 Igor Aleksander is born in 1937
1937 Harold Lawson is born in 1937.
1937 Iowa State College's John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry begin work on creating the binary-based ABC (Atanasoff-Berry Computer). Considered by most to be the first electronic digital computer.
1937 Dabbala Reddy is born June 13, 1937.
1937 Seiko Instruments is founded.
1937 Ted Nelson is born June 17, 1937.
1937 Philip Estridge is born June 23, 1937.
1937 Polaroid is founded.
1937 Guglielmo Marconi passes away July 20, 1937 (Age: 63)
1937 Alec Reeves develops PCM.
1937 Patrick McGovern is born August 11, 1937.
1937 Marcian Hoff is born October 28, 1937.
1937 Jagadish Bose passes away November 23, 1937 (Age:78)
1938 Dana Ulery is born in 1938.
1938 David Lee is born in 1938.
1938 Charles Moore is born in 1938.
1938 Gary Starkweather is born in 1938.
1938 Philibert D'Ocagne passes away in 1938.
1938 Molex is founded.
1938 Donald Knuth is born January 10, 1938.
1938 Vivitar is founded.
1938 Lynn Conway is born January 10, 1938.
1938 Samsung is founded.
1938 Ronald Schafer is born February 17, 1938.
1938 Manuel Blum is born April 26, 1938.
1938 Ivan Sutherland is born May 16, 1938.
1938 Thomas Cover is born August 7, 1938.
1938 The company now known as Hewlett Packard creates its first product the HP 200A.
1938 Chester Carlson produces first electrophotographic image October 22, 1938, which later becomes the Xerox machine.
1938 Orson Welles' and Houseman broadcast H.G. Welles War of the Worlds on the airways October 30th as a Halloween spoof.
1938 Per Hansen is born November 13, 1938.
1938 BBC creates the first science fiction television program.
1938 Stewart Brand is born December 14, 1938.
1938 Bob Kahn is born December 23, 1938.
1939 Hewlett Packard is founded by William Hewlett and David Packard. The name is decided on the flip of a coin toss and the company is officially founded January 1, 1939.
1939 Paul Cress is born in 1939.
1939 Adam Osborne is born March 6, 1939.
1939 Dov Frohman is born March 28, 1939.
1939 John Scully is born April 6, 1939.
1939 Rudolf Bayer is born May 7, 1939.
1939 Anatoliy O. Morozov is born May 9, 1939.
1939 Peter Grunberg is born May 18, 1939.
1939 George Stibitz completes the Complex Number Calculator capable of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing complex numbers. This device provides a foundation for digital computers.
1939 The first Radio Shack catalog is published.
1939 Cleve Moler is born August 17, 1939.
1939 Craig Barrett is born August 29, 1939.
1939 Charles Geschke is born September 11, 1939.
1939 John Hopcroft is born October 7, 1939.
1939 Neil Sloane is born October 10, 1939.
1939 Iowa State College's John Vincent Atanasoff and Clifford Berry create a prototype of the binary-based ABC (Atanasoff-Berry Computer).
1939 The companies Tanaka Seisakusho and Hakunetsusha merge to become the new company we now know as Toshiba.
1939 Barbara Liskov is born November 7, 1939.
1939 Stephen Cook is born December 14, 1939.

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